JB Hi-Fi is one of Australia's favourite places to shop electronics, but how does the retailer stack up with mobile phones?
What phones does JB Hi-Fi sell?
JB Hi-Fi sells a whole range of new devices, from the latest and greatest Samsung, Google, Apple and Oppo devices to older last-generation devices.
JB Hi-Fi also stocks a wide range of colour and storage options for the most popular devices on the market. For example, JB Hi-Fi stocks 14 different models of the iPhone XR and 9 models of the Galaxy S9/S9+ (as of 9 January 2019).
At the same date, JB Hi-Fi's online store lists 126 phones, with many of those being duplicates for different colours, variants and storage sizes. Search through what's on offer in the table below.
|Manufacturer||Model||Number of models|
|Apple||iPhone XS/XS Max||17|
|Huawei||Mate 20 Pro||3|
|Huawei||Nova 2 Lite||1|
|Razer||Gaming Phone V2||1|
|Samsung||Galaxy J2 Pro||1|
|Samsung||Galaxy J5 Pro||2|
Does JB Hi-Fi sell its own branded phones or phone plans?
Unlike Telstra, JB Hi-Fi doesn't sell any of its own branded phones. You can grab phones on a plan or outright from JB Hi-Fi, with the store occasionally offering bonus perks for choosing certain options.
In late 2018, JB Hi-Fi and Telstra launched exclusive in-store-only plans with the $65-a-month plan offering credit to put towards the cost of the phone exclusively for new Telstra customers.
Some misinterpreted this as JB Hi-Fi entering the MVNO game. JB Hi-Fi's branded phone plans are sold as JB Hi-Fi Mobile, but rest assured, they're just Telstra plans.
Here's a summary of the JB Hi-Fi plan options. (Some details on JB Hi-Fi's site don't match the information in the Critical Information Summary (CIS) for the plans; we've used the details from the CIS in that case.)
|Plan 1||Plan 2|
|Contract length||12 months||24 months|
|Early termination charge||$270||$780|
How do JB Hi-Fi's plans compare?
Compared to other plans on the market, JB Hi-Fi and Telstra's offering isn't mind-blowing or game-changing. There are other comparable plans available, with most offering more data for less than the JB Hi-Fi Mobile ones. You could find a better deal off contract, too.
When considering the plans, make sure you look at contract length, price, calls, texts and data allowance among other things. If you're looking at JB Hi-Fi's $65-a-month plan, you should factor in the bonus in-store credit when looking at the plans.
Unfortunately, you can only purchase JB Hi-Fi's plans in-store. Most other plans from major carriers can be ordered from the comfort of your own home and set up in an instant, though the generous phone discounts with JB Hi-Fi Mobile plans may make up for the inconvenience.
The early-termination charge for the plans is in the same ballpark as Telstra's other comparably priced plans, but make sure that you're prepared to cough up hundreds of dollars if you need to exit the contract early.
Since the plans are on the Telstra network, remember you'll be dealing with Telstra support if problems arise with your service.
Browse popular phone plans below, or check out our full guide on choosing the best plan here.
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